Brother of Afghanistan President Being Investigated For Criminal Dealings

September 27, 2010

President Hamid Karzai

Afghanistan (ChattahBox World News) – Tensions are once again high between the U.S. and Afghanistan governments after officials announced a criminal probe into alleged corruption in the business practices of the brother of President Hamid Karzai.

Mahmood Karzai is a U.S. citizen who is involved in a number of businesses in the U.S. and abroad, and has been a key contributor to Afghanistan rebuilding efforts.

But prosecutors in New York are now investigating possible extortion, fraud and racketeering charges, which they say involve several companies that Mr. Karzai works with.

He has not been formally charged.

The probe is a part of a wider investigation into the dealings of many Afghan businesses and millionaires, and they have not disclosed the suspicions surrounding Karzai.

Corruption and nepotism have been major hurdles for the Afghanistan government, and one that doesn’t seem as though it will be getting better any time soon. The issue has been a heated one, and caused a significant rise in tensions, especially since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.


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